Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pennsylvania's Paterno Gets Pictorial Postmark

Local philatelic icon Mike the Mailman of State College, PA. is offering an 'unofficial' postal pictorial post mark of the late Joe Paterno who was the legendary football coach the Penn State Nittany Lions.

According to Mike, "This post mark will have an image of JoePa with the following: JoePA 14094 US. Typical post marks have the town/post office it is from and the date. So this one, in a sense, stands for Joe, PA 14094. (Technically that zip code is for Lockport, N.Y., but I'm hoping they'll let us borrow it for a bit). What this postmark means to me is: JoePA 'won' 409 games 'for' 'us'."

If you would like to have one or more of the special cancellations shown above, send Mike an envelope addressed to:

Mike the Mailman
University Park Post Office
54 McAllister Building
University Park, PA 16802

Mike asks, "In this envelope, please enclose two additional self-addressed and stamped envelopes. I will then, in my free time at home, stamp this special tribute post mark on one of those envelopes, enclose it in the other envelope and mail it back to you."

For more from Mike about Joe, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM